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Farmers, Fables & Feasts a huge success

On Wednesday May 6, The Food Project hosted its annual benefit Farmers, Fables & Feasts at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter. The event, which raised over $250,000, brought together a room full of supporters, youth and staff for an exciting evening of delicious food, inspiring stories from The Food Project’s Root Crew youth Julia and Gaurav, and a lively auction with Billy Costa, host of NESN's Dining Playbook.


Pictured are youth speaker Gaurav Dangol, J. Harrison, executive director of The Food Project, Linda McQuillan, co-chair, honoree Byron Hurt, Dylan Sanders, board chair, and Julia Fibbe, youth speaker.

 

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In Memory of Lenore Travis

All of us at The Food Project are deeply saddened to learn about the tragic accident and untimely death of our dear friend, Lenore Travis.  “Lenore has been such a champion of The Food Project and an important part of our community, serving on our board of trustees for many years and as co-chair of our upcoming event on May 6.  We will miss her humor, no-nonsense approach, generous spirit, and wisdom in so many ways”, said James Harrison, Executive Director. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time. 

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How can we bridge the gaps?

J.'s Corner: A message from Executive Director J. Harrison

On March 29, I had the opportunity to speak on a panel titled "Bridging the Gap: How to Make Just Food Affordable for Farmers to Grow and Consumers to Buy" at Harvard Law School's Just Food? Conference. The aim of this panel was "to explore several models that successfully connect peri-urban farmers to urban consumers. These enterprises support farmers struggling to make a living while also providing fresh, healthy, local produce to low-income urban populations."

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Plant a Garden


It’s finally that time of year again! After a long, snowy winter, The Food Project is ready to come out of hibernation. We’ve been busy this winter starting seedlings in Boston, Lincoln, and on the North Shore. Now, the seedlings are ready to be taken home by someone like you!

 

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Farmers, Fables & Feasts


Join us for The Food Project's annual fundraiser on May 6 at Artists for Humanity EpiCenter in Boston.  Farmers, Fables & Feasts includes a lively evening of delicious food, inspiring stories from youth who participate in The Food Project’s leadership development programs, and a live auction with Billy Costa of NESN's Dining Playbook and KISS 108.

The Food Project will honor Byron Hurt, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, activist, and former Northeastern University quarterback with The Food Project’s Leadership Award. 

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Despite a blanket of snow there's lots of activity in our greenhouse


The farm is looking like it will never emerge from underneath this insulating blanket of snow. The tiny microfauna in the topsoil have not seen light or even a fluctuation in temperature for quite some time now. Although, this is probably normal for them—they adapted to the cycles of the planet eons ago. 


Inside the heated greenhouse it’s a different picture entirely. The entire allium family, such as onions and garlic, has been seeded in trays. The seeding happened in two days with the help of Dirt Crew. What little daylight there is shines through the double layer of inflated plastic, bringing the temperature up to nearly 50 degrees—the propane-powered heaters barely need to turn on.

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Waiting for spring on our farms in Lynn

       

 
Here in Lynn, we are buried under record-breaking piles of snow. It’s icy, dirty snow, the kind that’s been around for too long but has nowhere to go. It’s March snow.      

At the Munroe Street and Ingalls School farm plots, a sea of snow has replaced the rows of vegetables that welcomed me to The Food Project last fall. The gardens, just like us, wait for spring. 

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Think Spring - Planting Onion Seeds


 

Youth in The Food Project’s Dirt Crew program began planting onion seeds in 250 flats in the greenhouse in Lincoln last Saturday. When grown, these 75,000 seeds will produce over an acre of onions at  Baker Bridge Farm.

 

Youth and volunteers will return in early April to transplant the seedlings into the ground.

 

It's not too early to sign up for a CSA and enjoy fresh produce when its harvested. 

 

 

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The Food Project's Winter Institute builds community among attendees from around the country


Lucy Sweeney, Development Officer for Individual Giving and Events at The Food Project, writes about her experience at the Winter Institute. She is on the left in the front row in the photo above. 

Last week, I participated in The Food Project’s Winter Institute. As a relative “newbie” to the staff, I was hoping to gain a deeper understanding of our Seed, Dirt, and Root Crews, from soup to nuts. By the end of the third day I came away with that and much more; mainly, I felt a deep sense of awareness and connection to an inspiring network of people and organizations working for food justice across the U.S.  Throughout the weekend, the experience surprised me in several unexpected ways. Here’s a glimpse of what I found to be most unique about the Institute:

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MLK Day of Service - an incredible experience for Root Crew


On Monday, January 19, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Food Projects’ Root Crew youth from the North Shore participated in the MLK Day of Service at Northeastern University. Three youth write about their experience.

 

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